Makray Memorial Golf Club is a banquet hall hosting weddings for couples in the greater Rockford and Chicago, Illinois areas. This classic venue features a stone clubhouse draped in lush ivy and sitting upon a property of fresh green grasses. Sitting approximately an hour outside of Rockford in Barrington, Illinois, this venue offers an escape from the busy city atmosphere.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples’ guest lists can include up to 240 guests at the Makray Memorial Golf Club. A stunning outdoor ceremony takes place on the lawn of the venue, with white chairs placed on a flat piece of landscape among the course’s gently rolling hills. Indoors, a banquet hall with large windows and French doors keeps the space open and airy. As the sun sets, an overhead chandelier lights the room with a romantic and cozy glow.
The staff at this country club make couples feel as welcome and taken care of as possible. They do this by offering the following services:
This venue hosts bridal showers and engagement parties for couples as well, in addition to ceremonies and receptions.
This golf course began in 1962, founded by Paul Makray Sr. and called Thunderbird. He wanted to create an inclusive space for families without the hassle of membership. The course and clubhouse were remodeled in 2002 and eventually became the Makray Memorial Golf Club.
79 Reviews for Makray Memorial Golf Club
Recommended by 97% of couples
27 User photos
Caroline · Getting married on 08/09/2021
Perfect Wedding/Beautiful Venue
Elegant and perfect are the best words to describe our recent wedding at Makray Golf Club. We chose Makray for our venue just three weeks prior to the date. We were only having 10 guests due to Covid, but Laurie and Leeza were eager to help plan our wedding as though we were having 200!Sent on 09/20/2020
The location and setting were perfect. We wanted to have our ceremony outside, but were comfortable knowing there were several beautiful options indoors in case the weather did not cooperate. The venue is a fantastic location with beautiful scenery throughout the grounds.
Leeza and Laurie were always prompt with responding to my emails, offered excellent recommendations for appetizers, setting, etc. and did an amazing job setting up the ceremony and private room with our decorations and party favors.
Throughout the dinner, they checked in with us to see that everything was going well. Our waitress, Sue, was amazing as well! She was very attentive to each guest’s requests for drinks and even accommodated special dietary requests. Everyone ordered something different, yet all items were served piping hot. Our guests are still talking about how delicious their food was, as well as the outstanding service provided.
If you are planning a wedding, we would highly recommend visiting and considering Makray Golf Club. They are very flexible, reliable and professional. They treated us with utmost respect and as individuals, instead of just another bride and groom.
Due to the combined experience of Leeza, Laurie, Sue (the waitress) and Chef, our wedding turned out more perfect than we could have ever imagined.
It was a truly spectacular experience. We will be returning for dinner in the restaurant very soon and on many future occasions.
Thank you for making our special day more perfect than we ever imagined!
Lynn M. · Married on 07/10/2021
Makray was Wonderful!
I hired this venue for my son's brunch reception which was supposed to take place in June of 2020. Because of Covid it was first moved to December of 2020 and then rescheduled for June 26, 2021. EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING was perfect! The food was delicious: We had the full breakfast buffet, plus one chicken dish and one beef dish and an omelet station. The sweets for the sweet table were all incredible and bountiful. I cannot say enough about the support of the entire staff there, starting with Audrea who I worked with from the beginning. She was supportive, helpful, informative and there for me not matter what I threw at her last minute, including seating changes as well as asking for valet service the day before the ceremony (which she did get!) The prices she quoted were accurate, no hidden surprises at the end and I thought very reasonable. The rest of the staff who helped on the day of the event and the night before (Audrea was there the entire time, too) were also so helpful, starting with Laurie and Leeza, Maria, and all the wait staff, who even helped me set up some of my decorations in the morning. The room looked beautiful! I would highly recommend this venue for a wedding, shower, or any other occasion.Sent on 07/10/2021
Tressa B. · Married on 09/09/2020
Our wedding day was absolutely perfect! Everyone we worked with at Makray was very helpful throughout the whole process. They helped make our day amazing and go off without a hitch. The food was incredible. We received rave reviews from our guests on the food and how beautiful the venue was. We planned on having our ceremony out on the golf course, but it was raining and it was just as beautiful inside. I highly recommend having your wedding at Makray. The venue was perfect!Sent on 10/07/2019
I love working at Makray. Wonderful staff and a beautiful location to shoot in the Northwest suburbs. The clubhouse and course are an amazing backdrop for photographs. If you're planning on getting married in the NW burbs, this should definitely be on your list.
We absolutely love working here. It is beautiful and the staff is always great to work with. We can't say enough good things about this place.
I had a privilege to design a wedding at Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington. I was very impressed with this facility. As a vendor they are fantastic to work with. Every one was extremely nice and helpful to our team. Also, the grounds of this venue are amazing. Thank You for being a fantastic vendor to work with!